Projects at Work
  • Agile

    Agile Anti-Patterns

    - by Bart Gerardi (September 4, 2014)

    In this new series, we look at some common problems that Agile teams face, and the common “solutions” that rarely seem to work and often make things worse. Sometimes we need to avoid the well-worn path. Let’s start with the misguided attempt to directly translate story points to effort hours.

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  • Agile

    INVEST in User Stories

    - by Bart Gerardi (August 13, 2014)

    The most basic form of requirement in an Agile project is the User Story. It describes an actor, what the actor is trying to do, and the actor’s goals. Each story is unique, but they all should have the same components and adhere to the same guidelines. To make this happen, consider the acronym INVEST.

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  • Budget

    Hidden Costs of Change

    - by Bart Gerardi (July 9, 2014)

    Changes, even when they are for the better of your project, come at a price. But it can be difficult to measure the true cost. Let’s look at five types of hidden costs that change can bring to a project, from the schedule to team performance, and what we as project managers can do about them.

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Agile

More Agile Anti-Patterns

- by Bart Gerardi (September 17, 2014)

Story points are one of the most misunderstood and misused aspects of the Agile methodology. In the second installment of our series on Agile Anti-Patterns, we look at two more ways that story points can be used incorrectly, making the team both less agile and more frustrated in the process.

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Decision-Making

Don’t Shoehorn Your Projects

- by Ken Rock (September 17, 2014)

The best process for your project should be determined by careful consideration of key factors, including overall complexity, the level of risk involved, and time-to-market requirements. Often, a flexible hybrid approach fits best, but it must agreed upon by management and the team before the project starts.

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Rachel G: "Hey Edward, sorry you were disappointed. Let me know if you have any other quest…" on Project Psychology
September 19, 2014

Matt T: "Loving this series Bart. Keep up the good work and the carrying animal analogise…" on More Agile Anti-Patterns
September 18, 2014

Bruce H: "I agree about the importance of knowing the regulator as a stakeholder. I would …" on Regulatory Projects: 6 Best Practices
September 18, 2014

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September 18, 2014

 

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for BigVisible where he…

Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
Bart has been an ecommerce program manager for 15 years, and can’t…

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC
Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

Janis Rizzuto

Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork
Janis has been writing for ProjectsAtWork for more than a decade, starti…

Aaron Smith

Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
Aaron has been the editor of ProjectsAtWork since 2001, leading its evol…

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DPM Radio Interview: Dave Prior

Posted by Brett Harned

Welcome to another episode of DPM Radio. Beloved Projects at Work author and Agile Shepherd Dave Pior is our guest this time. He’ll be speaking at the Digital PM Summit in Austin this October...
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